Who are these people and where are they taking me?
- Jorge Esquivel
We met this Costa-Rican river lover deep in Patagonia on the Rio Futaleufu. Jorge has logged over 130+ rivers and counting, and we are happy that he considers rivers here in BC among the best in the world! When Jorge is not busy running class V, wrangling horses or being interviewed for OUTSIDE magazine’s “Guide of the Year”, you can find him on the dance-floor, cutting the rug with his serious salsa moves.
- Mike Yates aka “Grizz”
After 40 years of living in the British Columbia backcountry, Mike (aka “Grizz”) is the man that you want to know if there is a zombie apocalypse or, more likely, if you just want to learn some wilderness survival skills to impress your friends. Wildlife tracking, primitive weaponry, leather and metal work, sustainable gardening, and traditional log home building are just a few of his skills that span his 7 decades as a wilderness expert.
- Moses Mindrisi aka “Hippo!”
There is no mistaking this smiling face! For the first time, Moses Mindrisi (aka “Hippo!”) comes all the way to Canada from Zimbabwe and brings with him the experience of over 3 decades and 2,000 professional trips down the World renownd Zambezi River. If you have travelled to Africa with ROAM, you would remember Hippo, not only his skill running whitewater, but his booming song and dance around the campfire at night. He carries happiness with no borders and everyone around him is sure to have a “blessed day”.
- Katrina Moore
Katrina has worked, studied and instructed across Canada, diving deep into the outdoors and inspiring a passion for wilderness with all who join her; her love of all things mountain, paired with her background in yoga, massage and meditation, has lead Katrina to the far reaches of Nepal and Australia, but she always calls BC home.
- Mike Orloff (“Miguel”)
Miguel’s full time profession is as a Physicians Assistant, but in between saving lives in Idaho hospitals, he moonlights as a guide in the largest wilderness reserve in the world: the Tatshenshini-Alsek in Alaska. Miguel is passionate and knowledgeable about about whitewater, fly fishing, wine tasting, and Patagonia fashion.
- Jock Richardson
Nick-named, “Old Man River”, Jock was hired so Brian would have one guide older then he is! Jock is a local boy who grew up in northern and coastal British Columbia with stops in Stewart and Haida Gwaii. He dedicated his youth to climbing which eventually led to a love affair with rivers in the early 80’s. He “cut his teeth ” on the Kicking Horse, Chilko, Chilcotin, Taseko, Babine, Tat-Alsek and Firth in the days of bucket boats. The self-bailer, for you younger folks, came into fashion in 1981 as historically we used to bail the boats after each rapid while fighting off pterodactyls!
Jock’s international experience includes Nepal India, Africa and Costa Rica. He fell in love with the Arctic in 1977 while on a remote climbing expedition on Baffin Island. He first rafted the Tatshenshini in 1987 and has worked close to three decades on these northern waterways. In winters, Jock works as a ski hill risk manager, avalanche forecaster and as a mountain rescue specialist also teaching wilderness first aid and Swiftwater Rescue courses. He is a fan of cooking, natural history and enjoys nothing more then sitting around a campfire telling stories – and there are many!
- Steve Ogle
Steve is a photographer, writer and biologist based out of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. He is tiresless about documenting the world via the most evocative means possible. During your trip with ROAM, guests often wake in the morning to the beautiful calls of birds in the surroundings, or it might just be Steve trying to call the birds. If you are on a trip with this guy, get ready to have a walking encyclopedia of bird knowledge at your side, as well as a certified member of the Commercial Bear Viewing Association.
- Bob Vranich
Bob has chased his love for whitewater around the globe, to Chile, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Costa Rica and beyond! When he’s not leading trips on the water, he is leading the next generation of tourism up-and-comers through the Adventure Tourism Program at Thompson Rivers University, or instructing Wilderness Medical programs.
- Tamarack Currie
Our in-house engineer and fly-fisher extraordinaire, Tamarack was born in the mountains of BC and packed up his engineering degree in his tackle box to join us at Bear Camp. Well versed in making the machine run smooth, Tamarack keeps the hot showers hot and the beer fridge cold on our off-the-grid property, making him one of our favourite people! How did we get an over-qualified engineer to a boutique camp in the wilderness? We just had to tell him about the trout!
- Kyle Smith
Kyle Smith grew up in Ontario and inspired by the nature around him, pursued Environmental Studies at Algonquin College, but “the mountains were calling…” and he moved west to beautiful BC and hasn’t looked back. Kyle loves to be in the backcountry in every season and shares his passion for photography with anyone who is keen to learn.
- Daniel Bullock
Daniel was born in Alberta but spent most of his life on the coast, and in the mountains of British Columbia. An avid kayaker, back country skier and rock climber, Dan has been guiding for 15 years and still maintains the same enthusiasm about guiding today as he did when he began. “Guiding for me is a way I can share my passion for the outdoors with others; I get so much out of helping others push their personal limits, and achieve their goals.”
- Josh Currie
Bear Camp would not have gotten off the ground (so to speak) without this Tasmanian Devil. Josh comes from the Koonenay mountains of BC and can build, fix, plumb, wire and engineer just about anything! The 400 feet of waterfront decking wind through the trees and Josh not only made the camp work, he also brought the creative flair that he uses when building the sound stages for Shambhala Music Festival, the biggest of it’s kind in the world.
- Mark Trueman
Mark was born in BC and has spent much of his life exploring its rivers both by kayak and raft. As anyone who has spent time on the river with him will tell you: his experience shows. Aside from his comfort and skill in whitewater situations, Mark also possesses an unsurpassed ability to discuss just about any topic guests can think of; there is never a lack of food for thought when traveling in his raft. Mark is also an expert telemark skier and is instrumental in ROAM’s new ski programs.